A good interview is a key part of getting Early Admission to UOW, where Year 12 students can earn an offer to study here before their final exams.  Interviews can be nerve-wracking, especially if you don’t know what to expect going into one—and that’s not what we’re about at UOW. UOW team member Patrick O’Connor shares his tips on how to ace your Early Admission interview.

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My name’s Patrick: I work with school students to help them find the right UOW degree. I have been involved in the UOW Early Admission process for seven years.

The interview portion of Early Admission application is important, but it’s actually pretty simple. Follow these tips and you should have a really successful experience.

1. Be yourself

First thing: be yourself. You might hear this advice a lot: but when we say be yourself, we mean it.

The interviewer really wants to know you (needs to) so they can do their jobs. The interviewer’s role is to see how they can help you find the right place at UOW. Your job is to give them something to work with: be passionate, be enthusiastic. It’s not about selling yourself to us, it’s about being as genuine as possible.

2. Be interested

We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to universities. It’s important in your interview that you come across as knowing why you chose UOW in particular, and why that degree. This is how you show an interviewer you’re serious.

We’ll often ask you about your HSC subjects—and this isn’t just about meeting Early Admission entry criteria. This is something that really allows you to talk about your passions and interests, allows you to shine because you can talk about something you’re doing well at. This is your chance to show how your passions and interests will fit in with the degree you’ve chosen and how you’ll fit in at UOW.

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3. Be prepared

Do some research about UOW and the area you want to study. Ask questions that show you’ve done your homework. It’s one of the best ways to show the interviewer you actually want to study here, that you’re not trying to get into uni ‘just because’.

In fact, coming across as uninterested or indifferent is one of the few big mistakes you can make. To prepare for your interview, think about why you want to go to uni. What are you interested in? What are your plans?

4. Be interesting

Everyone is interesting. Often it’s just a case of opening up a little. Talking about extracurricular activities can be a good way to break the ice and give the interviewer a clearer idea of who you are.

You may have done something at high school, or maybe it was something outside school, maybe a community or sports club.

We want to know what makes you tick outside of studies. University’s not just about finding your thing academically—but also socially. It’s about being able to give back to UOW and your classmates. How you spend time out of school gives us a good sense of what kind of person you are, and what you’ll bring to UOW.

5. Be flexible

We run a number of different interview formats—some one-on-one, some with small panels or group interviews. Some interviews will be longer than others, too. Don’t worry if you have a different type of interview to your friends. Our academics and faculty staff run the interview style they believe will be most effective for the study area, and no matter the format, you’ll have your chance to shine. 

UOW Early Admission applications open every year to Year 12 Students under 21 years old completing the HSC (or interstate equivalent or the International Baccalaureate) at an on-shore Australian high school. International students who are studying the HSC (or interstate equivalent or the International Baccalaureate) in an on-shore Australian high school are also eligible to apply. Get answers to your questions about Early Admission.

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